Definition of Turn around

1. Noun. Turning in an opposite direction or position. "The reversal of the image in the lens"

Exact synonyms: Reversal
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning
Derivative terms: Reverse

2. Verb. Turn abruptly and face the other way, either physically or metaphorically. "My conscience told me to turn around before I made a mistake"
Exact synonyms: Swing About, Swing Around
Generic synonyms: Turn

3. Verb. Improve dramatically. "The tutor turned around my son's performance in math"
Generic synonyms: Ameliorate, Amend, Better, Improve, Meliorate

4. Verb. Improve significantly; go from bad to good. "Her performance in school picked up"
Exact synonyms: Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Ameliorate, Better, Improve, Meliorate

Definition of Turn around

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of turnaround) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive intransitive reflexive) To physically rotate horizontally 360 degrees. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive intransitive reflexive) To change to the opposite direction from a previous position. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive intransitive reflexive sports) To reverse the expected outcome of a game, usually from a losing position to a winning one. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive business management) To reverse a trend, usually towards a more favorable outcome; to return (a business, department) to effectiveness, profitability, etc. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive idiomatic colloquial) To be duplicitous. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive idiomatic of an idea) To consider from a different viewpoint. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive idiomatic colloquial) ''(often with a unit of time)'' To produce; to output; to generate'' ¹

9. Verb. (idiomatic buzzword with "180 degrees") To effect a positive reversal of a trend. ¹

10. Verb. (idiomatic buzzword with "360 degrees") To make a situation worse by trying to make it better. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn Around

turn a blind eye
turn a corner
turn a deaf ear
turn a hair
turn a loss
turn a new leaf
turn a nice dime
turn a nice dollar
turn a nice penny
turn a phrase
turn a profit
turn about
turn against
turn and bank indicator
turn around (current term)
turn arounds
turn away
turn back
turn back the clock
turn down
turn down ratio
turn flukes
turn heads
turn in
turn in one's grave
turn indicator
turn inside-out
turn into

Literary usage of Turn around

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pine-tree Coast by Samuel Adams Drake (1890)
"CHAPTER V. A turn around WELLS BAY. " Here trembling billows marked the coast with surging foam." — BURNS. ' WELLS is one of the oldest of Maine resorts, ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Bandaging by Gwilym George Davis (1911)
"... obliquely down over the right groin (turn 12), and end the bandage either by winding it around the right thigh or taking a turn around the abdomen. ..."

3. Wharf Management, Stevedoring and Storage by Roy Samuel MacElwee, Thomas Rothwell Taylor (1921)
"By a quick turn-around of the ship, shortening her days in port, by loading her ... Profit in a Quick Turn-around. — The earning power of a ship is measured ..."

4. Silk by Eliza Bailey Thompson (1922)
"Turn-around Rectangular Rectangular patterns are the simplest. In these the figures run across the material in a straight line. Step-repeat Step-repeat ..."

5. The Journal of Comparative Neurology and Psychology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1905)
"When the light was placed behind the body the insect would usually turn around to the left to reach it. If, however, it was placed behind the body and a ..."

6. A Poet of the Air: Letters of Jack Morris Wright, First Lieutenant of the by Jack Morris Wright (1918)
"... Catholics did too, and the priest had to turn around every while and correct them. About twenty soldiers are on board going back from leave in America. ..."

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